I am an Associate Professor of Hispanic linguistics in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am also a faculty affiliate in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and in the Social Justice Initiative. I am Executive Editor of the journal Spanish in Context, and I co-direct the Language in Context Research Group at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Most broadly, I am interested in the promotion of minority languages and multilingualism, particularly via elementary schooling. My work focuses on Spanish in the United States, including factors that influence intergenerational language transmission, connections between language and identity, and heritage language education. Some of my recent research topics include:
Language development in a dual immersion school
Spanish use in Chicago quinceañera celebrations
The use of “Spanglish” in commercially published greeting cards
Comparisons between Mexican and Puerto Rican Spanish in Chicago
The language and identity of mixed “MexiRican” individuals
On this website you can find information about my publications and presentations, videos of some of my presentations, and resources for teaching Spanish to heritage speakers.